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PAIN POLITICS is a podcast about pain relief, politics, and reform, and is hosted by Dr. Stephen Ziegler, a political scientist, pain scholar, and humorist. He is also the founder of the Center for Effective Regulatory Policy and Safe Access (CERPSA), a think-and-do tank created to help improve lives by improving the way governments control legal drugs and medicines.

This CERPSA produced podcast features interviews and commentary along with an occasional dose of political satire. Although the show is serious and focuses on serious topics, it also recognizes the historical ability of satire to help achieve positive reform and make information more accessible.

ABOUT THE HOST

Trained as a social scientist and as an attorney, Dr. Ziegler has dedicated his career to advancing the rule of law and the reduction of human pain and suffering in a variety of roles, focusing his most recent efforts on the evaluation of drug control policies, access to essential medicines, and the treatment of pain. He is a pain advocate, author, peer-reviewer for medical journals, research grant recipient, consultant, invited public speaker (domestic and international), professor emeritus, a former Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, pain scholar, and an experienced public servant in all three branches of government. He also has a sense of humor.

Although CERPSA, a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, ceased operations in October 2020, the podcast was preserved and transferred to another nonprofit, the Internet Archive, where it will remain available to everyone without cost. 

DISCLAIMER:

The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals during the course of an individual, private consultation.



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Episode 22. In this season finale, we hear a more personal story from Dr. Stephen Ziegler, a humanitarian and humorist who founded the Center for Effective Regulatory Policy and Safe Access (CERPSA). He announces a major new development and a personal journey involving pain, three million dollars, and a rowboat.  DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services....
Topics: pain, rowboat, rowing, 3 million dollars, CERPSA, endowed chair, pandemic
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Episode 1. An introduction to Pain Politics, what the podcast is about and why it is needed. It is time for people living in pain to make noise and be heard. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals during the course of an individual, private consultation.
Topics: Pain, make noise, politics, reform, podcast, Politics, podcast, Episode 1
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Episode 2. Is the CDC more about politics than science? The CDC brought us, among other things, the prescribing guideline for treating pain. You can help free the CDC and help them pull their head out their App with some specific suggestions contained in this episode. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed...
Topics: podcast, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pain, prescribing guideline, pain,...
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Episode 3. The story of Cindy Steinberg, an activist and reformer who is also a person living with pain. The interview provides hope and ways you can help bring about positive reforms. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals during the course of an individual, private consultation.
Topics: Cindy Steinberg, activist, pain, reform, podcast, activist, reformer, pain
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Episode 4. Every time we go to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy we get asked if we have any questions for the pharmacist. What should we do? This is the first of a three-part series with Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, a legendary pharmacist who is also the founder of PainDr.com, an informational website that also houses an active blog about pain treatment, prescribing, dispensing, and the world of pain. Hear about the role of pharmacists, Hydroxychloroquine, peer review, and his opportunity to play a...
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Episode 5. Welcome back to our discussion with Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, legendary pharmacist and player of musical instruments. We pick up where we left off and discuss COVID-19 and the pharmacist, the issue of corresponding responsibility, safe access, and harm prevention. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed...
Topics: podcast, pain, pharmacist, harm prevention: safe access, corresponding responsibility, pharmacist,...
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Episode 6. Learn first-hand what legendary pharmacist and musician Dr. Jeffrey Fudin thinks of the question we all get asked when we go to pick up prescription, the importance of defining what addiction is and is not, and the team approach to treating pain. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed...
Topics: Fudin, pain, pharmacist, podcast, addiction, pain
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Episode 7: The COVID-19 and Chronic Pain Connection: Chaos, bleach, masks, and bad breath. COVID-19 has already killed over 137,000 people in the United States and people with chronic conditions and chronic pain are especially vulnerable. This episode examines the link between COVID-19, pain, and national chaos. We also discuss the use of bleach in politics, the constitutional right not to wear masks, and bad breath. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute...
Topics: podcast, covid-19, coronavirus, chronic pain, bleach
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Episode 8. Dora describes herself as an accidental advocate after suffering life-long injuries stemming from a car accident. At first, she was able to manage her pain without medication, but several years later the pain continued to get worse and required medical intervention. Drug therapy was helpful, but after the CDC prescribing guideline was published, her dosage was reduced and led to over a year of suffering. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical...
Topics: podcast, advocate, pain, tapering, prescribing guideline, dosage reduction
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Episode 9. A doctor's fear of investigation for prescribing drugs has created a significant barrier to the treatment of pain. Could the reliance on the criminal justice system to solve the opioid crisis be nothing more than politics by other means? DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals...
Topics: podcast, Politics, opioid, crisis, investigation, pain
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Episode 10. Although there are valid reasons to investigate healthcare professionals, like those who trade sex for prescription drugs, not all cases are so black and white and could negatively impact the treatment of pain and the prescribing of drugs. In a two-part series, we hear the law enforcement perspective from a seasoned pharmaceutical investigator, John Burke of Rxdiversion.com. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should...
Topics: podcast, pharmaceutical diversion, Burke, prescription drugs, investigation
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Episode 11. Welcome back to our discussion with John Burke of RxDiversion.com and the need to ensure access while at the same time prevent abuse. Part 2 of a two-part interview from the law enforcement perspective. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals during the course of an individual,...
Topics: podcast, Burke, law enforcement, diversion, access, pain
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Episode 12. Hear a defense attorney’s perspective on the investigation and criminal prosecution of prescribers who treat pain. We are joined by defense attorney Ron Chapman. His blog can be found by visiting: https://www.healthcaredefenseblog.com/ DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals...
Topics: podcast, Ron Chapman, defense, investigation, prescribe, pain, blog
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Episode 13. Depending on the patient and their condition, a voluntary and consensual reduction in dosage or substitution of certain pain medications may actually help. However, there is ample evidence that involuntary tapering is also occurring across the United States, and without consent. This practice not only violates medical ethics, evidence exists that involuntary tapering without consent has resulted in increased pain and even suicide. We discuss voluntary and involuntary opioid tapering...
Topics: podcast, taper, dosage reduction, Beth Darnell, consent, ethics
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Episode 14. Joining me today is psychologist and cannabis researcher Dr. Jacob Vigil, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. He is here to discuss his views about the use of cannabis, medical use, research, and his Cannabis Connection University YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBmfdvARMxNMIzh_mH-vxhg DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute...
Topics: podcast, Vigil, University of New Mexico, Cannabis, psychology
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Episode 15. Today’s episode is an interview with Pat Anson, the founder of Pain News Network. An on-line news and commentary resource for people in pain. He discusses some of his challenges with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals...
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Episode 16. Today’s episode features in an interview with Dr. Pettus, an international advocate for the relief of pain and suffering for those at the end of life. She is works for the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and can be contacted via their website: https://hospicecare.com/home/. She recently published a book about what she has learned over the course of her travels....
Topics: podcast, IAHPC, Pettus, hospice, pain relief, end of life
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Episode 17. An interview with Kate Nicholson, a civil rights attorney, advocate, and person in pain. She discusses her experiences including the issue of a forced taper without consent. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such matters should only be provided by licensed professionals during the course of an individual, private consultation.  
Topics: podcast, civil rights, forced taper, pain, disability
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Episode 18. We continue to hear stories about patient abandonment whenever the prescribing or dispensing of prescription opioids are involved. Some doctors have told their patients that they can no longer prescribe opioids because the FDA, DEA, or CDC prohibited them from doing so. This of course is not true; states, not the federal government, regulate the practice of medicine. The following podcast explores the topic of patient abandonment with Mr. Ron Chapman, an attorney with the Chapman...
Topics: podcast, abandonment, patient, CDC, Ron Chapman, prescribing, pain
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Episode 19. When properly prescribed, controlled medicines can relieve suffering for millions of people across the world. At the same time, some of these medicines can be harmful if diverted to illegal purposes. While we often hear that that the United States consumes more prescription opioids than any other country in the world, is this really accurate? To help answer this question we need to turn to scientists instead of politicians. Today’s episode takes an international perspective and...
Topics: podcast, Scholten, access, controlled medicines, pharmacist, researcher, The Netherlands, pain
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Episode 20. Could cannabis be an effective treatment for pain? To help answer that question, we hear from Dr. Steven Wright of Colorado, a physician with expertise in treating pain and preventing addiction. Listen to the first part of a two-part series focusing on cannabis in pain treatment: the positives, negatives, and unknowns. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or...
Topics: podcast, Wright, Colorado, cannabis, pain, politics
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Episode 21. Could cannabis be an effective treatment for pain? In the second part of a two-part series, we hear from Dr. Steven Wright of Colorado, a physician with expertise in treating pain and preventing addiction who talks about the positives, negatives, and unknowns involving cannabis and pain treatment. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the podcast does not constitute medical or legal advice and should never be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or professional services. Such...
Topics: Podcast, Cannabis, Wright, Colorado, pain, research, addiction